Healthy Holiday Dinner Plate Make Over!

Tis’ the season for homemade cookies, fruit cake and egg-nog.  The holidays don’t have to be unhealthy.  There are simple tweaks to our plates that can help us stay healthy during the holidays!

Instead of filling up on desserts filled with sugar, try fruit for a naturally sweet treat!  Fruit makes a wonderful dessert and can be enjoyed fresh, frozen or canned!

Baking often is a holiday tradition for many people.  One way to make our baked goods a bit healthier is to use pureed fruits and apple sauce instead of butter or oil.  Look for recipes that use pureed fruit and apple sauce!

Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables and use fresh herbs and spices instead of sugar and salt.  Your plate will look appealing and the colors will brighten your meal!

Cut the fat and go easy on the gravy!  Try skim evaporated milk instead of heavy cream.  You can also try swapping low-fat plain yogurt when a recipe calls for sour cream.   Gravy is high in fat, so use sparingly and a little goes a long way!

Swap your white dinner rolls for whole wheat dinner rolls for added color and flavor!  Always look for the whole grain logo on the foods you buy, for a healthier option.

And finally, cheers to good health! Instead of reaching for that sugary beverage, try a nice glass of chilled water!  Add fresh or frozen fruit or cucumber and mint for a delicious low sugar drink!  This is a great way to help manage those extra calories!

Making small changes to our plate, can add up!  Let’s make this holiday a healthy one!

For more information on this topic,  you can check out the website

SNAP-Ed and Empower Youth Christmas Wonderland

Santa’s helpers from the OSU Extension SNAP-Ed office, showed up to play last weekend at the Empower Youth Christmas Wonderland!

On Saturday, December 15, hundreds of kids and their families attended the Christmas Wonderland where they enjoyed games, crafts, sweet treats, Frosty the Snowman and a visit with Santa.  Empower Youth is a non-profit organization that serves the children and youth of our community.

At the event, SNAP-Ed, had the opportunity to serve approximately 400 children and youth of our community.  We handed out “Baked Apple for One” recipe cards, from Celebrate Your Plate, along with mugs and all the ingredients to make this special treat!  We were also able to demonstrate how easy the recipe is to make and how tasty it is!

The excitement and smiles were contagious, as it reminded us of the positive impact we can make on our community.  Our office looks forward to working with Empower Youth again soon!

For the recipe, “Baked Apple for One” or other healthy recipes, check out


Southern Ohio Specialty Crop

Registration is now open for the 2019 Southern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference. It will be held on February 5, 2019 at the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland, Ohio. The deadline to register for this conference is February 1, 2019 at 12:00 Noon. No walk-ins are permitted. Registration is limited to 75 people, so register early to avoid being shut out.

This is the conference to attend for Southern Ohio specialty crop growers. Fifteen different class options on fruit and vegetable production are available at this conference. Your registration includes a continental breakfast and a buffet lunch. All attendees will receive a USB memory stick with copies of every available presentation to take home, so even if you don’t attend the session, you’ll still get the information. Private pesticide and fertilizer re-certification credits will be available for categories 3, 5, core and fertilizer. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from industry experts and share information with other growers.

The Oasis Conference Center is conveniently located about 5 miles off of I-275 on the northeast corner of Cincinnati.
For more information about the schedule and to register for the conference, go to the conference website.

Registration brochure. 


Serving Empower Youth

This week, the offices of Clermont County OSU Extension, Soil & Water Conservation and Natural Resource Conservation Services, had the opportunity to help serve at Empower Youth in Bethel, Ohio.  While there, we packed 200 weekend food packs full of food to provide enough meals to help get them through the weekend.

Empower Youth was established in 2015 by founding Executive Directors, Lori & Scott Conley.  Empower Youth is a non-profit organization that works with children and youth of the community to help instill confidence and the resources needed to help break the chain of poverty.  The mission of Empower Youth is: “To provide resources for all youth to: build healthy relationships, learn how to live financially independent, become spiritually sound, and instill a desire to serve their community.”

Every week there are approximately 700 weekend food packs that are provided for Bethel-Tate School System, Grant Career Academy, Amelia Elementary, Fayetteville-Perry and Lynchburg-Clay Schools.  The bags are available to help families who may need a little help to make their groceries stretch.

The opportunity to serve at Empower Youth was eye opening.  The resources needed for our community takes a village.  Together we can encourage confidence and help break the chain of poverty for a healthy, thriving community.


Southern Ohio 3-Hour Fertilizer Certification Training

Image result for fertilizer applicationAs of September 30, 2017 all applicators of fertilizer (not manure) who are applying to 50 acres or more of a crop that is for sale must comply with these Ohio regulations. Fertilizer dealers are required to ask for your certification card. You can receive this certification in one of 2 ways: training course or test.

A 3-hour Fertilizer Certification Training is being held on January 31, 2019 in Georgetown, OH. This is for private and commercial applicators. By taking this course you will NOT have to take the test to become certified.

To register for this course and for more information use this flyer.


Small Business Administration…Economic Injury Disaster Loans

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The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Adams, Brown, Clermont, Lawrence and Scioto counties in Ohio as a result of excessive rain, excessive moisture, flooding and flash flooding that occurred from April 1 through Nov. 8, 2018. Read more here

Clermont EMA Announcements


Eating Healthy and MyPlate

What does eating healthy mean to you?  Is it a salad for every lunch or fruit every morning for breakfast?  Is it eating only white meat compared to red meet or no meat at all?  Is it only drinking water versus anything else?

Is there only one way to be healthy?  Not really!  At the end of the day, what eating healthy really means is following the MyPlate guidelines and choosing a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins and dairy.  This may vary depending on budget, likes and dislikes and personal health needs, but it can still be done!

This month we finished another 6 month series of classes with Inter Parish Ministries.  For the past 5 years we have partnered with Inter Parish Ministries and Emmanuel United Methodist Church.  This year we added a new partner, HealthSource of Ohio.  HealthSource of Ohio provided Biometric and Wellness screenings including; Glucose, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Body Mass Index.

During our 6 month series we discussed a variety of MyPlate lessons and the importance of eating healthy.  The lessons included My Plate and the Power of Planning, Fruits & Vegetables, Food Shopping, Grains, Protein and Dairy.  The participants also had the opportunity to prepare delicious recipes that complemented the lessons that day.

We are grateful for this partnership with Inter Parish, Emmanuel United Methodist Church and HealthSource of Ohio.  We are always looking for new opportunities for partnerships, so if you have a group that would be interested in partnering with us, please call the Clermont County Extension Office at 513-732-7070.  You may also email us at, or

We look forward to working with you!



New and Small Farm College Registration Open

The 2019 New and Small Farm College program will be offered in three Ohio locations. Each location will host an entire eight-week program focusing on topics to get the most out of your few acres. The program begins at 6 p.m. with a light dinner followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. The program concludes at 9 p.m. Click on a location below for more details and registration information:

Montgomery County – Englewood, Ohio
Classes will be Jan. 8 – Feb. 26, 2019
Enrollment deadline is Jan. 2

Vinton County – McArthur, Ohio
Classes will be Jan. 15 – March 5, 2019
Enrollment deadline is Jan. 8

Adams County – Seaman, Ohio
Classes will be Jan. 16 – March 6, 2019
Enrollment deadline is Jan. 8

The New and Small Farm College is an eight-week program that introduces new and seasoned farmers to a wide variety of topics. Typically beginning in January, the program teaches participants how to set goals, plan, budget, and where to find resources if they choose to start a small farming operation. The course will lay out how to manage financial and farm records.

Extension Educators will illustrate many different enterprises that can be profitable on land as small as one acre. The educators will show the benefits and pitfalls of each enterprise so that the participant will be able to pick and choose what may work best for them and what suits their interest. To round out the experience, a tour will be held around area farms so that participants can see first-hand how small farm life works, and also make contacts of practicing farmers in the area.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Getting started in the planning process
  • Sources of assistance
  • Agricultural legal issues
  • Insurance considerations for the farm
  • Inventory of natural resources
  • Financial and production record keeping
  • Crops and horticulture production
  • Animal production
  • Marketing

Sample Course Outline

Class Dates: Thursdays (day varies by location)
• January – March

Class Times:
• Light dinner at 6:00 pm
• Classes are from 6:30 – 9:00 pm

• Price includes one 3-inch binder of resource materials, meals and dessert each night, and 1 soil sample evaluation
• Additional family member discount available (does not include a notebook).

Sign up for the Small Farms Email list and Subscribe to the “Go Farm Ohio” Blog, Facebook and Twitter to receive notices about the Small Farm Team’s opportunities. This list is only used by the OSU Extension Small Farms Team to send relevant information to its stakeholders.

Clermont County Hazard Plan Update

Image result for public welcomeClermont County is in the process of updating its All-Hazard Mitigation Plan and the public is invited to participate. A meeting will be held from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at the Clermont County Engineer’s Office, 2381 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia.

For more details on the public event click here.

Details regarding the County All – Hazard Mitigation Plan.